Where and how long have you lived in Sydney’s east:

We have lived in the eastern suburbs since moving back from London in 2007 and have been in Coogee for the past 6 years

How many children?

We have three. Xavier (8), Annabel (5) and Oscar (21 months)

Favourite Park?

A current favourite is St James Reserve in Bondi Junction but if we want to stay local, we often meet friends at the Dolphin Street park in Coogee.

The flying fox is a big drawcard.

Favourite Beach?

Clovelly because it is great for all ages. But we also love Coogee, Nielsen Park and the kids’ pool at North Bondi.

Favourite kid friendly cafe?

Lion and the Buffalo in South Coogee. The dinosaur cookies are a hit.

Favourite Coffee Spot?

8 Gram Espresso in Randwick. The best coffee around.

Favourite date night place?

The Charing Cross Hotel is laid back but you can be guaranteed great food.

Favourite Local Day Out Activity?

We often pack everyone up for a day at Clovelly beach. We swim all morning and then sit under trees and eat ice cream.

Favourite Local Shop?

San Sebastian on Coogee Bay Road. Great clothes for adults and kids and you can always find a present and
lovely card.

Favourite wet weather location?

We often spend wet weekends at a library. We love Double Bay library and try to coincide our visit for when the indoor slide is open.

Waverley Library is also excellent.

Describe an ideal day in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for you?

In summer, it would be an early swim at the beach before the sun gets too hot and then later an early dinner, probably fish and chips on the grass at Coogee
beach. In winter, it would be spending the day in Centennial Park, riding bikes and exploring the playgrounds.

What area of the east have you yet to explore much but would like to?

Lots of people say great things about Little Bay and La Perouse. We never think to head there for a swim but we should.

Work or SAHM:

I work four days a week as a senior journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald. I focus on education.

Last year, I wrote my first book for ABC Books called If You Want to Blitz Your Year 12 Exams Read This Book. I interviewed leading principals,
teachers, doctors, students and parents to get their tips on helping young people (and their parents) survive the last years of school. To purchase
a copy go HERE

Motherly advice :

Everything is a phase. The bad times will pass, but then so do the good times. I don’t think there is a more valid truism than: “The days go forever but
the years fly by”.